Change through Culture
In African communities
- Grandmothers have great influence on their families
- Their experience and wisdom is respected
- They are culturally responsible for socializing adolescent girls
We have discovered that grandmothers are key to making lasting changes and improvements in their communities
Grandmother Project’s Change through Culture Approach
Grandmother Project works with both rural and urban communities to improve the lives of women and children, especially of girls, using an innovative Change through Culture approach. This approach builds on community knowledge and experience and empowers communities to promote positive change for the benefit of all.
Grandmothers educate children about their history and culture and ensure they stay in school.
Grandmothers are natural leaders and change makers. Mobilized grandmother leaders are a force for change in communities across Senegal.
Grandmother Project works to make sure communities are educated about girls’ rights and well-being – and work to abandon harmful traditions that hurt girls’ futures.
Grandmother project in numbers
8,452 primary students &
1,223 secondary students
have participated in GMP Education programs
1,636 grandmothers trained
and supported to make a difference in the lives of girls
77 villages and 2 urban areas
participated in GMP’s programs
Quote of the month
“Individualism has taken hold and little by little it is pulling children away from what is truly important - the lessons they can learn from spending time with their elders. As we are responsible for children’s upbringing, we must join hands to bring them together and put them on the right path so that they understand the importance of spending time with us.”
Salima - Grandmother of Saré Yira